You may notice that there’s a whole lot of The Big Bang Theory episodes among Canada’s 25 most-watched programs of the year.
We’ve written about the show’s popularity before — in terms of ratings, the show is about 240 per cent more popular in Canada than the U.S. — and not only is it Canada’s most popular TV series, it’s such a phenomenon that first-run episodes outrank major events like the Summer Olympics, Grey Cup and the Golden Globe Awards.
However, not even Big Bang could come close to the total viewership of February’s Super Bowl 50, which drew an audience of 7.372 million — the Super Bowl is perennially Canada’s most-watched program — down 12 per cent from the previous year.
The second most-watched program was the Chris Rock-hosted Oscars, which drew 5.654 million viewers — up 2 per cent from the previous year.
Placing below a few episodes of Big Bang was the final Tragically Hip concert, which placed sixth for the year, drawing 4.327 million in total viewers.
It’s one of just two programs in the top 25 that didn’t air on CTV — and the only program not broadcast by Bell Media (the owners of CTV and TSN).
Other notable programs in the top 25 include the Super Bowl Pre- (#11) and Post-Show (#18), the 104th Grey Cup (#21), and the Ricky Gervais-hosted Golden Globe Awards (#24).
Just missing the top 25 was the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies (#26, Aug. 21) on CBC, which drew 3.226 million viewers, and the debut of the re-launched The X-Files (#27, Jan. 24) on CTV, which drew 3.048 million viewers.
Here are the top 25 most-watched TV programs in Canada for 2016:
|1||Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers||7,372,000|
|CTV, Sunday, Feb. 7 — 6:39 p.m.-10:23 p.m.|
|CTV, Sunday, Feb. 28 — 8:30 p.m.-12:06 a.m.|
|3||The Big Bang Theory||4,560,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Jan. 7 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|4||The Big Bang Theory||4,470,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Jan. 14 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|5||The Big Bang Theory||4,428,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Feb. 4 — 8 p.m.-8:32 p.m.|
|6||The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration||4,327,000|
|CBC, Saturday, Aug. 14 — 8:30 p.m.-11:17 p.m.|
|7||The Big Bang Theory||4,275,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Feb. 11 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|8||The Big Bang Theory||4,266,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Feb. 25 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|9||Big Bang Theory||4,251,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Mar. 31 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|10||The Big Bang Theory||4,186,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Feb. 18 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|11||Super Bowl 50: Pre-Show||4,092,000|
|CTV, Sunday, Feb. 7 — 6 p.m.-6:39 p.m.|
|12||The Big Bang Theory||3,984,000|
|CTV, Thursday, May 12 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|13||The Big Bang Theory||3,979,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Oct. 27 — 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.|
|14||The Big Bang Theory||3,972,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Mar. 10 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|15||The Big Bang Theory||3,968,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Dec. 1 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|16||The Big Bang Theory||3,934,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Apr. 28 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|17||The Big Bang Theory||3,901,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Apr. 7 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|18||The Big Bang Theory||3,874,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Nov. 10 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|19||Super Bowl 50: Post-Show||3,798,000|
|CTV, Sunday, Feb. 7 — 10:23 p.m.-10:54 p.m.|
|20||The Big Bang Theory||3,767,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Nov. 3 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|21||The Big Bang Theory||3,696,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Apr. 21 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|22||Grey Cup: Ottawa Redbacks vs. Calgary Stampeders||3,646,000|
|TSN+, Sunday, Nov. 27 — 6:40 p.m.-10:18 p.m.|
|23||The Big Bang Theory||3,600,000|
|CTV, Thursday, Nov. 17 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|24||The Big Bang Theory||3,371,000|
|CTV, Thursday, May 5 — 8 p.m.-8:31 p.m.|
|25||Golden Globe Awards||3,353,000|
|CTV, Sunday, Jan. 10 — 8 p.m.-11:06 p.m.|
|This chart shows the Top 25 TV programs for all national networks and Canadian English specialty networks for the week indicated. Programs are ranked based on their AMA. AMA(000) is the average minute audience in thousands. The chart also indicates the broadcast outlet on which the program aired and the program’s start time (shown in Eastern Time). © 2016 Numeris.|